Illinois Senator Richard Durbin would like to strengthen the Justice Department's ability to apprehend border-crossing fugitives and has proposed the enactment of an "Bringing Fugitives To Justice Act." In addition to this "immediate" initiative, Durbin has also talked with Mexico's Ambassador about revisiting our 30 year-old extradition treaty which omits serious crimes.
Okay, I get what the Senator is proposing here, but, I have to wonder why he has been unapologetic in unconditionally supporting Illinois', and more specifically Chicago's, Sanctuary status?
Chicago, as well as other heavily Hispanic cities, have refused to cooperate with Federal Officials when it comes to turning over illegal aliens - even if they have been notified to hold those sought on warrants. Judges, meanwhile, allow illegals to bail bond out only to see them flee prosecution later. Naturally, this is just outright bad behavior. Then again it probably has more to do with political pandering than anything else. I mean, what else would explain our politician's "scared shitless of a powerful voting constituency" attitude that persists around here? It is pretty obvious, though, that our politicians don't want to do right thing. And another thing too - the Hispanic constituency's sense of right on this debate is not only flawed but does a serious disservice to their own people because they know that Illegals have been used as nothing more than political pawns for years. Sadly, pawns are easily sacrificed and that is exactly what President Barack Obama did pretty much right after he was elected. And just for the record, President Obama's Administration has deported more illegals than his predecessor did in two terms.
You know, I have often said that we must have a "real solution" to the illegal immigrant problem. Delaying a comprehensive reform of our immigration policy has only led to numerous amnesties which have done nothing to stem the overall tide and effects of taking on a larger economic burden than we can sustain. In fact, amnesties have only encouraged more people to illegally migrate over the borders in hopes that, yet, another amnesty will be announced. Look, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that that sort of thinking is counter productive on way too many economic levels. Having hidden illegal societies living within a legal one only leads to the siphoning-off of valuable resources and adds to crime. And that crime isn't necessarily aimed at legal residents, often illegals themselves are the prey.
If people thought about this issue a little bit more in depth they would understand that illegals are taken advantage of by a wide variety of opportunists; i.e.from their own people to the business interests either owned or supported by sitting politicians. But hey what the hell, so long as everyone of those opportunity hunters are making money, the thought of screwing illegals out of a livable wage just never comes to mind. Many of our politicians are only concerned about making sure that that status quo is maintained and that is why they are reluctant (unwilling) to offer up any sensible immigration solutions.
And to think - people really have to wonder why Washington politicians have done nothing about the "illegal problem." Well why should they? Far too many powerful people, and the interests who have long contributed to their pocket books are tickled pink by this arrangement. And yes, there are even elected Hispanic officials who can live with this sort of inequity so long as their finacial bottom-lines are intact. But don't mistake their fiery rhetoric for being sympathetic - they literally speak out of both sides of their mouths when they condemn the inaction of their"colleagues."
Politicians have long colluded amongst themselves while slipping into bed with powerful special interest groups financed by Big Business.
Of course, that collusion has produced a substantial number winners at the top, but let's not forget that that has also produced a larger number of losers. Especially among the regular taxpaying public who are forced to subsidize not only what the illegals must take from the system, but for what Big Business takes back to offset all of their generous political contributions. It is, as they say, a vicious cycle.
But let's not kid ourselves here, there are greater consequences and they include the cutting of vital resources by cash-strapped municipalities, school districts who are going bankrupt because by law they must educate the children of those parents who contribute nothing, or near to nothing to the tax base, the costs associated with a health system that must raise their rates to compensate for those who cannot pay or the higher costs associated with our own personal insurance premiums to offset for those who do not carry their own coverage. The negatives, it seems, outweigh the positives. And we haven't even considered another important aspect, illegals have been known to vote and that is simply something that cannot be condoned. And to think people complain about having to show proper identification to prove who you say you are? Hell, we must do that nearly everyday of our lives for less important matters - but to do that immediately gets met with resistance by the supporters of illegal immigration?
Yet there is absolutely no political will to deal with the multitude of problems!
Sadly, what people seem to miss in the illegal debate is that Sanctuary is by no means an act of kindness by our less than illustrious politicians. It is designed to serve only as an illusion and a means to maintain the status quo. Business thrives on paying less than the going rate, if you know what I mean? But, so long as voters keep reelecting the same "speaking out of both sides of their mouth politicians" then the hard truth is that there can be no hope for finding a solution.
But you know something? It is awfully strange to me that supporters of illegal immigration (actually migration) can't see that they have been played like pawns on a Chess board. The facts, though, couldn't be clearer. Sanctuary is not only a flawed system, but it demeans the human dignity of those accepting it and places them into a no-win situation.
I just wonder if Senator Durbin will ever address that?
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